Yea for the groundhog

What a relief, a short winter. For those in the frozen parts of this country that’s very welcome news. I live in North Florida and temps in the low 40s feel cold. But I remember bone-chilling temps when we lived in NJ. We counted our blessings here this week that going outside was not deadly. But we have other climate worries in Florida–water. We have a lake house in north central Florida that over the years has seen drought-like conditions that has shrunk the depth and circumference of the lake. It was sad to witness. But lo and behold we have had a lot of rain last year and this year. And the lakes are coming back. Wonderfully back. But then I started thinking. Will there be too much rain? Will the lake grow to swallow our house? Will we pray for no rain again?

The climate crisis is real. The effects will be felt not if but when. Streets in Miami already flood during high tide. How far inland will the flooding creep? When will that happen? Eons ago, the entire state of Florida was under water. A gigantic hole two-thirds the size of Manhattan was discovered in the Thwaites Glacier in Antartica. This glacier alone could cause a ten foot rise in sea level. Coastal cities and islands can become submerged. Government officials that think we are not in a crisis will be dead by the time our planet is compromised. Young people realize the danger and are starting to make us old people think about what can be done. Because young people will be dealing with the crisis in real time. Dealing with the survival of our species.

Earth supports human life, but that can change. All the dead planets floating in space are a testament to how precious life is. We are throwing it away by polluting our atmosphere and we are close to a tipping point where change will escalate faster than we can adapt. We may never adapt.

Why are humans so stupid? I fear for my grandchildren. Call your Congressmen and women, your Senators. Tell them to put climate crisis on the agenda. It is not a hoax.

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Shutdown and other things

So today, we have a partial government shutdown. Apparently, the third time this year. What I can’t figure out is how this president gets any support from anybody. He seems to be taking orders from Vladimir Putin. Learned all his catch phrases and tactics from him like Fake Media and dividing the country with lies. He has made the Democratic party his scapegoat for all the ills he has perpetrated himself. The GOP follow like sheep and do not call him out. Money from Russia has been funneled to them through the NRA. This now is known. So what is going on with our government? Why is Russia calling the shots? The populace will soon find out and it won’t be good for this president. For me, it can’t happen soon enough.

Om another note, I’m running a bargain basement sale on all my books through the holidays. For the low price of $0.99 per book, you can read my life’s work. My debut Walking with Elephants is a lighthearted slice-of-life story that brings to the table the serious work/family issues facing women today. Although written in the ’90s it is, unfortunately, still true today. We have not solved the dilemma of blending family and work for women in this country. Sunspots explores the heartache of losing a spouse after just a few years of marriage and how some women lose their identity when they get married making the adjustment to being suddenly single that much harder. When a Stranger Comes…is an allegory for the evil lurking in our midst. The social decay of modern society with its excessive greed, the ignorance of our political leaders, and our indifference toward the survival of all species from the effects of climate change, among other environmental pressures, are perhaps brought forth by the darkest forces of human nature. The narrative follows the trials of author Alexa Wainwright who is tricked into signing a book contract with the devil himself. Reviews are always needed and welcome.

I hope this Christmas does not find you in distress from the shut down. It does not affect everyone but those affected will be hurting. I’m sorry for that. I’m sorry for a government that does not work for the people but only works for those in power. Those who want a job for life. A government that uses scare tactics to pull people to their side by making the basic tenet of this country a fear mongering tactic. We, as a country, have always welcomed asylum seekers. My ancestors fled Greece and Russia for a better life. They did not apply beforehand but came on ships to Ellis Island. They were not brown. This is what this presidency really thinks–brown people are inferior, keep America white. But they are not as scary as portrayed. Not at all. I personally know many, sweet loving people who do the jobs no one wants. In fact, Trump hires undocumented brown people at his country clubs. God willing, come January, the Democratic Party which a is a party of the working class will bring caring back into this country. Caring for the refugee, caring for the poor, and caring for each other. Madam Liberty bears witness to that enshrined in the poem posted on her for all to read, it starts. “Give us your tired, your poor….”

A joyous holiday full of love and loved ones is wished for you all.

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It seemed fitting that we had a day of mourning at this time of the year. We sing of this season as one of joy, but it is really a time of reflection. For primitives, it was a time to ready the psyche for the harshness and strife of winter and accompanying hope for better times to come. As we became more civilized, the human condition demanded a way to cope with the inevitability of the end of our lives. It was fitting that the story of Christianity began in winter as it had been the time of year for great hope for the future.

President H.W. Bush had a strong and steady belief that there is a rich and welcoming afterlife where he will be reunited with his loved ones. And so he left this life with this comforting conviction. The idea our biological outcome, our inevitable end of life, transforms into a journey of the spirit is joyful and uplifting.

When we embrace thoughts of a continuation of conciousness, we find unlimited bliss. In this mental state, one can mourn the loss of a human but also celebrate a worthy life. These sentiments are told and retold this time of year by Christians when an enlightened master was born and gave us the cherished idea of life everlasting. A spirit world worshiped by early man as well.

This teaches us an important lesson. No one one escapes this destiny and nothing lasts forever. One human is either majestically important or not important at all. We get chances for rebirth or we don’t. No one escapes. So when we think that our democracy is in tatters right now, it is but a blip in the timeline of existence. Depending on whether humans will get serious about going extinct on this planet, all those alive today will leave this for others to fix. Or they won’t fix it and this planet will not be inhabitable for humans.

Whatever we do doesn’t matter, we can’t change our ultimate destinies. But we should take the time to express the wonder, miracle and  gratitude for our lives and the other species sharing this planet with us. We have now. Make the most of it. And maybe there’s something more, something of spirit. Something of bliss.



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Reader’s Favorite awards ceremony

Here I am wearing my bronze medal. What an exciting weekend in Miami for the awards ceremony and at the Miami Book fair where my book was showcased with the other medal winners. It was inspiring to be treated as an accomplished author and to chat with other winners at a very professional event. Reader’s Favorite should be commended and I highly recommend submitting one’s book to their contest.

In two days, I fly out to Los Angeles to enjoy Thanksgiving with half of my children. Our daughter flew all the way from Germany to LA, a trip of some eleven hours. But she’s excited to spend time with her new nephew and with her niece. It will be heart warming to be with everyone but tainted by all the loss in in California. Climate change and the disasters caused by these changes must be addressed. We need a gov’t willing to do so and we all need to do what we can individually. This is a problem whose time has come and we ignore at our own peril. Luckily there are some of those newly elected to gov’t who recognize the dire necessity for doing whatever it takes to slow down carbon emissions. Hopefully, we are not too late to stop the damage done. It would be a catastrophe if the Earth became devoid of humans and was just another dead planet floating in space.

I wish everyone good cheer with their families this holiday and to treasure your lives. Nature and life are wonderful. We all need, however, to cherish this human experiment and the diverse species that share our world and be the care takers of this gift.

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Trying to remain optimistic

These months before the election are just extremely difficult to contain anger. Anger at watching a demagogue who has a difficult relationship with the truth whip the hatred in this country. Choosing scapegoats, holding rallies, proclaiming himself to be the one for whom you are casting a vote even though he is not on the ticket. Divisive, accusing others of what he in fact does–leaks to the press—incite mob behavior and applaud it–remember Charlottesville–saying the protestors were paid by a rich Jewish donor when  he pays people to be at his rallies. Attacking our free press. These are techniques used by hitler, used by dictators, used by Putin. I wonder if he’s not being coached by Putin who would like nothing better than to bring down our country by bringing down our democracy.

I see the support he gets from his party, the crowds, his state-run media channel. Can this be happening? Are we going to give up our freedoms so easily? Just because the stock market is high right now? Because rich people are getting richer? Because average people believe the lie that healthcare coverage will improve with no proof except blatant attempts to destroy it while telling these lies?

I fear for our country that is marching like sheep to the slaughter. A country that is allowing this president to self-deal and become richer while in office. All the while making the average voter think that he cares about your freedoms, cares about this country when all his life has shown that he only cares about one thing–himself and his greed. Greed for money, greed for fame, greed for worship of him. Because deep down he knows that he really doesn’t measure up, that he is a failure, not self-made but a rich little boy who’s daddy propped him up with cash to bail him out time and again, that he’s not really smart. His poison is that he is so insecure and has so much self-loathing that he has become very dangerous in his attempts  to make the world cow to him to feel better about himself.

Maia Angelou once said: When someone shows you his true self believe him…the first time.

We have seen this person’s true self. Please America take back this country from the dark forces engulfing it right now. Make America great again, the way it was before the 2016 election.

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